Gid Joiner

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Im a idiot!

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 14:16

This might be a stupid question but What is special about Felcos, I'm curious because early this year i damaged a tendon or muscle in my forearm cutting with secateurs, mine are fully metal & sharp & as i like top quality tools i consider these to be good. my arm/elbow still hurts now 6mths on, I'm a joiner & can't be damaging my self like that,

Butterfly bush - Budleya

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 14:06

I like the darker green colours so not sure about Harlequin? I like to get plants that need a home  like the roses at the front, these were those crappy little valentine ones you get in baskets at the supermarket, these two were not sold after the 14th because they looked damged & tired, I freed them by planting them out 

Butterfly bush - Budleya

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 14:02

Thanks. I'll wait to see What colour this turns out to be, can't remember from last year.


Butterfly bush - Budleya

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 14:54

Hi, i have a Budleya growing in my Garden, i think it is the normal pinkish/purple one that you see growing wild, My gardener friend found me one that was a really deep purple but this died in the frost two years ago, is there any way to improve,darken,deepen the colour of the one i have? i know plant respond to the ph of the soil,how harsh the climate is,light & temp etc.. or what fertilisers it has access too, 

It grows really well & is about 4yrs old & 10 ft tall, about to flower so i'll find out what colour 

heavy duty gate post

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 14:39

Thanks folks, all sounds good, as you say you don't want to be digging them out because you rushed putting the gates on, I do it for a living so i have to make sure it is right & don't want to be going back to repair it, It's the ground around the hole that will hold the concrete & post up so you have to take that into account & try not to disturb it too much  

Decking can be no more than 50% of the garden & no more than 1ft above ground level but as long as you don't get any complaints within 5yrs the authorities will find it hard to make you alter it,

I don't often concrete the decking posts in, i make the framework & legs solid so if it was just standing on its own it would stand like a big table. i dig to solid substrate then sledge hammer the legs in the compact it further. & put more than legs than i think it needs. 

If the ground is still soft 2ft or so down i put a concrete foot pad for the leg to stand on,about 1ft thick & 18" round to stop it sinking,

Just be respectable to the neighbours privacy,tell them what you have planned & there shouldn't be a problem  

Happy building people, it's a nice feeling when you've done. 

heavy duty gate post

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 19:59

Hi Fairy girl is pretty much right but i would leave the concrete to cure for as long as poss, 5-7days, 

By next day it would be hard but classed as 'green' meaning it has a green hue to it inside & is still fairly soft. if you hang your gates at that point it might crack & then would never be right,

 6 to 1 is right, if your using bags from the builders merchants, 1 bag of 20mm gravel, 1 bag of grit/sharp sand & a third of a bag of cement

A quarter to a third of whatever is sticking out of the ground should be under, eg.. 6ft high post needs 18" below = 7½ post lenght but i go for 2ft as 8ft posts & 6ft high fences go well together. If your using sleepers they are normally about 9ft so I'd go the extra bit 2½ ft maybe, depends on how high,big & heavy your gates are.

I've been a joiner/carpenter 28yrs & before that 2yrs laying concrete   I have a few pics on my Facebook page if your interested.

I hope your build works/worked out ok 


Hi folks, can you name these please :)

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 20:13

Thanks. yeh i think it looks more like acanthus, It's at a friends house so I'll have to wait till i go back & take better pictures. 

Hi folks, can you name these please :)

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 01:16

Thanks, horrible not knowing 


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:49

HI, agreed with Bob, i collect them for the next year but there is no correct time to pick the stems, you just have to try to catch them before the wind blows them away,I only had one Foxglove this year though because i didn't prepare 2 years ago-the year before last 

Hi folks, can you name these please :)

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:37


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Plant ID please

Fuschia ???? 
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Plant ID please

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Lime tree with white growth on stems, small brown spots on leaves 
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About 5ft 
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Plant identification please

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Butterfly bush - Budleya

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Hi folks, can you name these please :)

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